It has been a month since Knitteapolis wrote on Instagram about a yarn bomb that had been torn down literally right after she installed it. It had said “don’t worry – be happy” and here is some of what knitteapolis wrote thereafter:
… you never know how long a piece will last. This one got to me though. It hadn’t been cut down nicely so that the fence was the way it was before I showed up. The piece itself was torn up and stripped apart. Zip ties were still clinging to pieces of yarn that hung from the fence as well as a huge chunk of yarn just lying on the ground next to some broken zip ties. Essentially they turned what was a piece of art into trash hanging on a chain-link fence. Even when sad though I take responsibility for my work so I stopped and cut down what was left of my piece and took it to the trash. (…). But this will not stop me from yarnbombing.
Some people love yarn bombing – others obviously don’t. Some people think it is art, it is creative, it triggers everyone’s inspiration. Others think it is a waste of yarn, time, and talent.
What ever you think is true – doesn’t it hurt to see something knitted by hand torn into pieces? Here is what I discovered a few days ago in front of a church in Berlin Schöneberg:
Even though it wasn’t my yarn bombing – knitteapolis’ Instagram post was right back on my mind and I thought I’d share. What’s your opinion on yarn in public and has something like this ever happened to your work?
When we moved, I had decorated the lamp pole in front of our new home with a “flower field”, a “street sign” and several other graffitis. Every now and then I would redo things but there would always be something on that lamp pole. Until last summer, when someone ripped it apart and just like knitteapolis I had to cut down what was left. It felt awkward doing so.